Why manage?

The long history of human intervention in British woodlands and its positive and negative effects means that these often fragmented and modified habitats require continued management in order to maximise their benefits as commercial resources and precious wildlife habitats.

Forestry operations such as thinning, selective felling, coppicing, maintenance of rides and watercourses and restocking of felled areas through planting and natural regeneration ensures that a greater diversity of wildlife is supported within the woodland, particularly those species that require open spaces, warmth and sunlight to thrive.

The appropriate management of commercial woodlands can also provide financial benefits to the owner through revenue from timber sales (currently exempt from income and corporation tax) and inheritance tax and capital gains tax exemptions, provided certain criteria are met.

Additional finance through government grants can be available for specific forestry operations to assist with the cost, but they typically don’t cover the whole expense and are never guaranteed.